During his postgame comments after Wednesday night’s win against the Vegas Golden Knights, Blackhawks head coach Derek King said defenseman Alec Regula is headed to Rockford to join the IceHogs.
Regula, who will turn 22 on Aug. 6, was acquired from Detroit in the deal that sent Brendan Perlini in 2019 and made his NHL debut last season for three games. He appeared in 15 games with the NHL club this season with one goal scored. Regula skated more than 20 minutes in three of his final four games with the Blackhawks this season and showed solid offensive instincts.
He has already appeared in 40 games with the IceHogs this season, scoring four goals with 21 assists.
Rockford plays Milwaukee on Friday night with a chance to earn a first-round bye in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The IceHogs have already clinched a playoff berth.
King said the only other players on the NHL roster who might be considered for a trip to Rockford to help a playoff push are defenseman Alex Vlasic and forward Reese Johnson, but those decisions haven’t been made yet.